VK amateurs win reprieve for 2300-2302 MHz

Reports from Australia suggest that VK amateurs may win a reprieve for the 2300-2302 MHz amateur band, which is under threat from spectrum licensing.

In February 2013, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA - Australia's equivalent to the UK’s Ofcom) released a discussion paper proposing to withdraw the 2300-2302 MHz amateur allocation so that 2300-2400 MHz could be re-allocated for Spectrum Licensing.

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) made a submission in response to the discussion paper, seeking to have a 150 kHz segment, from 2300-2300.15 MHz, retained for the amateur service on at least a co-primary basis.

The ACMA has posted a report on its website (September 17th) that it received 124 submissions in response to the discussion paper, from which an overwhelming number objected to the ACMA’s proposal.

A staggering 93% of submissions disagreed with the ACMA’s proposal, and of those, 30% indicated support for the position advocated by the WIA. Many submissions of the 124 sent to the ACMA were from individuals.

The ACMA has advised that, after considering the information provided in the submissions, its view is that the amateur service would be unable to retain co-primary status if 2300-2400 MHz was spectrum licensed.

However, the ACMA goes on to say that it will work closely with the WIA to “test whether a coexistence licensing arrangement might be developed under section 138 of the RadioCommunications Act.”

Section 138 provides for a class licence to be issued within spectrum-licensed bands where it would not result in unacceptable levels of interference to equipment operated under the spectrum licence.

The WIA says that it looks forward to working with the ACMA to achieve a positive outcome for the 2300-2302 MHz band in Australia.

More information - http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2013/20130919-1/index.php

ACMA - Proposed reallocation of 2300–2302 MHz band - http://www.acma.gov.au/Citizen/Take-action/Consultations/Current/ifc-92013-proposed-reallocation-of-the-23002302-mhz-band-for-spectrum-licensing